Qualcomm is officially launching its new top-of-the-line smartphone processor. The Snapdragon 835 chip is an octa-core processor with four Kryo 280 custom CPU cores that run at 2.45 GHz and four more energy-efficient CPU cores clocked at 1.9 GHz.
The chip features Adreno 540 graphics, support for 4K video capture, and Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 technology. It’s also Qualcomm’s first chip that will officially support Windows 10… once Microsoft releases its new version of Windows designed to run on ARM-based processors.
Qualcomm says the new chips should offer better performance and improved efficiency, which is at least partly due to the fact that these are some of the first chips to be manufactured on a 10nm FinFET process.
Among other things, Qualcomm says the new chips offer improved CPU and graphics performance, smooth optical zoom support, an integrated X16 Gigabit-clas LTE modem, and support for 802.11ac and 802.11ad WiFi.
Snapdragon 835 chips will also be among the first to be certified for Bluetooth 5, and the chip can process images from single cameras with resolutions up to 32MP or dual cameras up to 16MP each.
There’s also support for Google’s Daydream virtual reality platform and Qualcomm’s own motion tracking system that uses sensors to give you 6 degrees of freedom when interacting with virtual reality.
Quick Charge 4, meanwhile, is the company’s new fast charging technology, which Qualcomm says can charge your phone up to 20 percent more quickly and up to 30 percent more efficiently than Quick Charge 3.0.